Well when I bought this BKO I thought it was pretty straight and no rust, but as it
turns out both doors, front fenders, and tailgate were actually pretty bad (under the
bondo and paint).
a lot of bondo (almost an inch in some places) that had covered up holes where someone
tried to pull out dents.
I ended up repairing the doors but took a long time (I am not a body man but have been
in the paint and body industry for 30 years) and the repairs began.
I took the doors, front fenders, and the tailgate off to work on them on a stand
much easier to work on that way.
you can see some of the holes someone had drilled to attempt to pull dents.
(I welded them all before I was done)
here I am actually pulling the dents:
this little guy hung around for a week or so while I worked on the doors. He must have been
someones pet or something, it had a metal tag around one of his feet (or claw)
some of the bondo work
this is one of the doors primed. The Primer I used was a modified epoxy primer.
Usually epoxy type primers are really tough to sand (maybe that was in the older days though)
but this one you could put on bare metal, use as a super heavy filling primer, a mid range primer, or a sealer
all in the same can. Is all you have to do is mix it differently.
It sands real easy although I did it three times (tons of sanding). An experienced body man could have probably done this in
a day or two but took me 2-1/2 weeks.
I taped off the edges and curves so when I was blocking I didnt sand that part. When I was done blocking I pull the tape and
pay special attention when sanding there. On curves and edges it's very easy to sand through and mess it up.
After priming and sanding twice, I primed it one last time and then put a light coat of black over the top called
This guide coat helped me a lot. Being that I'm not a body man I can take 400 grit sand paper and a hand board (keeping it flat)
and sanding the black away. If there are any spots that still have black on it, these are low spots and you will see them
when you put a glossy topcoat or paint over the top of them. I guess you could say guide coat is an insurance policy.
More work on the fenders
pretty rough tailgate, but only on the surface, not too much body damage though